New diabetes injection module

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A new CPD module for pharmacists focused on helping people with diabetes understand the importance of injection technique is now available on the Australian College of Pharmacy website.

Supported by an unrestricted grant from BD, the module, “Improving the injecting experience for patients using insulin”, describes the different challenges faced by people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including the commencement of insulin therapy and some of the common adverse events.

It reviews needle length in line with clinical research and highlights the importance of correct injection technique for a comfortable and effective injection experience.

Michelle Robins, Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Nurse Practitioner, at Northern Health in Victoria, says she believes the training is a much-needed support for pharmacists.

“Pharmacists are in a unique position to be able to provide ongoing, quality advice to customers who inject their diabetes medication,” Robins says.

“One area of diabetes management that is commonly overlooked or misunderstood by both healthcare professionals and people with diabetes, is injection technique and appropriate needle hygiene.

“Injection technique encompasses needle length, administration to ensure full dosage, injection site rotation, and single use of pen needles to optimise treatment outcomes and patient comfort.

“This new training via the Australian College of Pharmacy website will enable pharmacists to provide better support to their customers,” Robins says.

“Being the primary point of purchase for pen needles and syringes, pharmacists and their retail teams are well positioned to review injection technique and safe sharps disposal.

Many people with diabetes are simply unaware that shorter needles exist and may be more comfortable for them. This might not sound important, however if a person is progressing from one injection a day to four, injection comfort can make an enormous difference to regimen acceptance.

“The choice of the correct needle length is crucial to a positive injection experience. For example, BD manufactures Ultra-Fine™ 4mm Pen Needles with EasyFlow™ Technology.

“This needle has an extra thin wall cannula and a flatter, thinner needle tip that eases into the skin with less force which supports a more comfortable injection experience for people who inject their diabetes medication, including those with limited hand dexterity,” Robins says.

The module is available from the College of Pharmacy website.

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